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How your LGBT NGO can make its voice heard

The United Nations' work on the UPR is heavily based on contact via the Internet.

If the URL's, or hyperlinks, are changed on the web sites, the reader will probably be able to find the document we're talking about by looking around on the related web pages.

On the UN homepage for NGO's and human rights, you can find instructions of how to proceed: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/NgosNhris.aspx

Getting started

A very good way to start is by watching the 4-minute video for NGO's, which is in English, French, and Spanish.

The video can be found either here:

http://www.upr-info.org/-NGOs-.html

or here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj96hoRm0uo&feature=player_embedded

There are also 2 easily read documents that can help your work. Parts of them are very concrete.

Universal Periodic Review: Information and guidelines for relevant stakeholders' written submissions

A 9-page Word document, very helpful but only in English.

UPR guideA Practical Guide for Civil Society - the Universal Periodic Review

A 20-page practical handbook for NGO's. Available in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, French, and Russian:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/CivilSociety.aspx

 

Getting registered and staying confidential

Any NGO that wants to contribute to its country's review must first register with the UPR. To register, you only have to give your organisation's name and address, type of your organisation, and a single contact person's name. Registration can only take place on-line here:

https://uprdoc.ohchr.org/Account/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

Documents submitted for a country's UPR are not kept confidential and are made available on-line on OHCHR’s website, including the name of the submitting stakeholder. Therefore, reference to individual cases should only be made if the safety and well-being of all relevant individuals concerned will not be jeopardized by publishing the document.

Submitting a contribution

After being registered, an NGO can submit its contribution in any of the official UN languages, but preferably in Spanish, French, or English.

The contribution, or document, you submit should:

a) specifically be tailored for the UPR;

b) contain credible and reliable information on the human rights situation in the State under review, including information on the follow-up to the preceding review and on

c) ) contain credible and reliable information on the developments since the last review;

d) highlight main issues of concern and identify possible recommendations and best practices

e) cover the period elapsed since the last review;

f) not contain openly abusive language.

First-hand information should be given priority. Second-hand information should be referred to in footnotes/endnotes, and only if necessary.

For more information

See these 2 Internet sites:

http://www.upr-info.org/-NGOs-.html

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/NgosNhris.aspx

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